Foundations of Goal Setting: What are your priorities?

Welcome to day 1 of blogmas where we’re going to be talking all about setting goals and achieving them.

So, if  you’ve got

  • big goals for 2021,
  • a few resolutions that this year you’d actually like to stick with, or
  • No idea how to implement changes, or where to make them

There is going to be something here for you this month.

So grab a note book and pen because there’s work to be done.

Plan to Achieve

What is the biggest reason people fail to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small?

They don’t fit the life they have, or the life they want, and they don’t represent who they are.

That’s why we’re going to start with some basics and focus on determining what your priorities are.

This is not about writing a to do list and putting it in some sort of order. Although we will be doing some of that later, today is about looking at the bigger picture of your life and determining what gives it meaning.

Having a good understanding of your priorities allows you to focus your time on those things and people that are really important to you, and you can give yourself permission to say no to requests from others, without feeling any guilt.

So, how to start?

Make a List, Check It Twice

You need to list all of the things that are important to you so that you can group them together.

Think about your priorities in the following categories:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Career / Business
  • Wellbeing
  • Lifestyle
  • Education
  • Relationships

I have listed my current priorities below, including some examples of what prioritising those things means to me.


  • Good relationships
  • Clearing the physical clutter

Health and Wellbeing

  • Keeping fit
  • Eating healthily
  • Maintaining a morning routine
  • Being creative
  • Clearing the mental clutter


  • Improving processes at work
  • Writing for an audience
  • Clearing the environmental clutter

And it is important to note that this is just what I want to focus on right now. Priorities can, and often will, change.


Consider the list of categories above and write down a few thoughts for each of them. If you think of something that doesn’t fit on the list, create another category. There are no hard rules for this.

When you have a list, work on taking that list down to 3 main areas for focus.


More work on foundations by looking at your values.

What are your priorities and why? Share in the comments.

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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